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Falcons rookie QB Matt Ryan looked sharp in his pro debut. He came in for QB Chris Redman on the team's 3rd possession and went 3-and-out. But on his 2nd chance, he led his team on a 74-yard drive capped by a 25-yard TD pass to Roddy White. Ryan finished the night 9 for 15 for 113 yards and 1 TD. If he doesn't win the starting job out of training camp, Ryan should be at the helm by week 6.

SI's Don Banks believes that the Falcons are leaning towards starting rookie QB Matt Ryan in week 1. In addition to Ryan's solid performance in his pro debut (9-15, 117 yards, 1 TD), Banks has been hearing "rave reviews from the Falcons' decision-makers." Ryan, along with the entire Atlanta offense, will likely struggle through the 1st half of the year with a rookie's learning curve. 

The Falcons signed QB Matt Ryan to a 6-year, $72 million deal that includes a stupid $34.75 million in guarantees. He's the 3rd overall draft pick, yet he got more than the 1st pick, Jake Long, who got a 5-year, $57.75m deal with Miami.  However, Long gets to hit free agency a year quicker. Ryan's money almost assures that he starts the 2008 season provided he's pretty comfortable with the playbook. Man, that's a lot of money. And on that note, Titans C Kevin Mawae, the new president of the NFLPA, recently spoke out against these monster rookie deals.  "As a guy who has been in the league for 14 now going on 15 years and being around other veteran guys, for a young guy to get paid that kind of money and never steps foot on an NFL football field, it's a little disheartening to think of." 

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: "No. 3 overall pick Matt Ryan made his debut [in minicamps] working as a backup with D.J. Shockley, to quarterbacks Chris Redman and Joey Harrington. Ryan wore a brace on his left knee, which he said he wears for precautionary reasons. Ryan said coaches at Boston College made quarterbacks wear braces on their plant legs, and he wears the support out of habit."  Hmmm... Quarterbacks wearing a bulky knee brace as a completely preemptive, precautionary thing -- We've never heard of that in 10 years of running this business. Maybe a sleeve, but not a full brace. Weird.

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